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One of Australia's fastest-growing battery companies is sourcing forklifts from Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) as it expands.

R & J Batteries' new distribution centre at Truganina in Melbourne's west has commissioned a new three-tonne Toyota 8FG30 forklift and racking for 2000 pallet spaces.

The centre is 20 minutes from the Melbourne docks and hence the main Victorian receiving centre for containers of stock.

The other new Toyota forklift is the 8FG25, both units are at the distribution centre, as well as the Bravi stock picker, all part of a company move to an all-Toyota fleet.

Victorian State manager Jason Handley said R & J Batteries had experienced massive growth in the last ten years, and has had new racking installed in company stores in Brisbane and New Zealand, with further expansion occurring in Adelaide.

Mr Handley said the company's decision to use Toyota forklifts was based on safety, efficiency and operator comfort.

"The company has been in business 22 years and two years ago we began switching to Toyota forklifts across our 20 stores nationally.

"Toyota forklifts are much more comfortable for the operators than our previous units.

"Overall, the Toyota forklifts provide greater efficiency and safety: they are a more stable forklift," he said.

Mr Handley said there we have a great working relationship with the team at TMHA.

Toyota Material Handling Australia's national sales & product manager - automation, Tony Raggio, said as well as being national market leader in forklifts, TMHA now offers a comprehensive range of driverless forklifts (Automated Guided Vehicles)- including selective, drive-in, gravity flow, push-back and satellite with auto shuttle.

"We can assist with optimising business flow, driving down costs and increasing productivity through the integration of Automated Guided Vehicles with pallet racking solutions," he said.

In addition to its massive product range, TMHA provides the Toyota advantage, including quality, durability and reliability, industry leading forklift safety with its System of Active Stability, and a nation-wide parts and service network.

R & J Batteries is one of Australia's fastest growing battery companies and supplies batteries for automotive, motorcycle, commercial, industrial, deep cycle, marine and solar applications, through its 20 stores and 6500 stockists and distributors.

Products include the latest Lithium-ion phosphate batteries.


Notes to Editors:

Australian Operations

Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) is the Australian subsidiary of TICO. It distributes the TICO leading material handling brands of Toyota Industrial Equipment, BT Lift Trucks and Raymond Forklifts, along with the its range of Huski skid steer loaders. TMHA provides world-leading materials handling products and services to customers across Australia.

Within Australia, almost 50,000 Toyota Industrial Equipment forklifts have been sold, and the brand has been the Australian counter-balance forklift market leader since 1987. Toyota's selection of internal-combustion and battery electric counter-balance forklifts range from 0.9 tonnes right up to a massive 24.0 tonnes.

BT is the world's largest producer of Warehouse Trucks. It has been one of the world's leading warehouse forklift brands for over 50 years, with a range of products committed to increasing productivity and reducing materials handling costs.

The Raymond Corporation is the leading North American provider of Warehouse materials handling solutions that improve space utilisation and productivity, with lower cost of operation and greater ease of use.


R&J Batteries, Victorian State Manager, Jason Handley
R&J Batteries warehouse, Truganina in Melbourne